Oped attacks “westerners fighting ISIS” as “no heroes”, but they are heroes

Seth J. Frantzman


Since 2014 dozens of volunteers have joined the Kurdish YPG in the war against ISIS. They came from all walks of life and from all over the world, but most of them came from the west. They included Americans, Canadians, British, German, Portuguese, Australian and many other volunteers. Some of their names will never be known. They went, they volunteered and after a short period training and learning about the YPG’s ideology, they went to combat. Some of them served for two years or more. Most came and went after a shorter period of service.

More than two dozen were killed. In July 2015 I called them the “heroes of our generation.” Malak Chabkoun at Al-Jazeera doesn’t agree. She wrote a piece on May 14th titled “Westerners joining the fight against ISIL are no heroes” and sub-headed “Western anti-ISIL fighters volunteering in Syria and Iraq are…

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